Friday, February 29, 2008

Pooja Store..

A quick snap of a pooja store, small shop that caters to the hindu religious items used for pooja / prayers etc. I get amused by the divercity offered by way of practices and items used from different parts of India, being southern city still has it's uniqueness from southern other states / cities too...

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Yellows and blues…

Busy city market bus stand, though domestic often flooded with people visitng market everyday. There are few who opt for auto’s standing nearby the stand once shopping is done, that helps reach directly at their doorstep. Indeed lot of people and lot of interactions….

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Coolers, wheelers...

Though ice creams are sold through out the year in the city, it becomes an obvious reason in the summer time. Push carts loaded with ice cream wonder around almost all streets to accommodate growing demand. This sales guys even barefooted dares to walk over the tar road to make his living....

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Sunny Days...

Summer is almost here, the cloud cover is less and day time temparatures are almost touching 30 degrees celcius, nights are pleasant and cool. Next two months would be hotter and people prefer staying at homes to avoid sun...

Monday, February 25, 2008

Knock knock, old times…

While strolling by the city roads, few houses still reflect old times like this wooden door of an old house, though the house is maintained occupants have not done away with historical style. There are many new constructions that try and incorporate these style of doors to amalgamate new design streams with olden styles…

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Nostalgic colors..

While he walks past those close shutters,
opens my childhood memoire..
The colors every child loved then
and those whirls of the wind harnessed for fun…

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Lunch Break...

Old Horse Buggy, rarely put to use ferrying people finds it’s way to transport light goods in and around markets. In a quiet by-lane of the market area, this horse is enjoying his mid day meal in a gunny sack innovatively mounted around his neck to prevent the feed spilling out on the street ….

Friday, February 22, 2008

Paan-wala....

Betel Leaf, known commonly as paan or beeda (in Tamil), veeda (in Marathi) or vettila (in Malayalam), viLedele (in Kannada ) is a type of Indian digestive, which consists of fillings wrapped in a triangular package using leaves of the Betel pepper (Piper betle) and held together with a toothpick or a clove.
Here is a paanwala on avenue road preparing few for his customers around lunchtime, many prefer to chew pan after lunch or tea time…
Paan is chewed as a palate cleanser and a breath freshener. It is also commonly offered to guests and visitors as a sign of hospitality and eaten at cultural events. Paan filling is generally a mixture of various
spices, fruits, and sugar. Paan makers may use mukhwas or tobacco as an ingredient to their paan fillings. Although many types of paan contain betel nuts as a filling, many other types do not. Some other types include what is called sweet paan, where candied fruit and fennel seeds are used.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Wedding luncheon….

Summertime is wedding time; the wedding season brings lot of business to hotels and kalyana mantapa’s (marriage halls) in the city. For each event there follows a luncheon, here is a sneak peek into a wedding lunch served on banana leaf, guests sit together and eat together in batches….

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Last few flights??

Jet airways ATR aircraft takes off from the HAL airport in Bangalore. The new international airport is situated almost 50km away would be operational by March end, almost in a months time. Due to contractual obligation all civil flights would stop operating from this current airport and would be routed via new airport known as BIAL.
City is witnessing growth and many expect both airports to remain operational, there are protests gaining momentum in media to keep the current one running for domestic flights….

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Better informed!

Readerships of newspapers are high and so is the spirit of reading. A vivid reader does not need a place and almost anytime and anywhere he can achieve it to be ‘better informed’. Early morning this reading ‘syndrome’ seems to have caught up this reader for sure…

Monday, February 18, 2008

The Heat busters…

Summer is here, so are the heat busters… a pile of watermelons stacked roadside in my neighborhood makes me feel good. This summer is expected to be bit hotter than the previous thus there will be more demand for melons, I guess.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Valentine week…

While the day gave some good colors to the needy, the shops continue to celebrate the valentine week with same enthusiasm and d├ęcor. Commercial street was almost ‘pink’ed for a while…

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Badam Milk...

While the sun heats up the souls, the badam (almond) milk vendor near the market helps cool it down, many prefer sipping down this local favorite drink. Have you had your drink too…

Friday, February 15, 2008

For valentine for sure...

While few indulge in true Valentine colurs, this display continues to lure them for the traditional sarees with new colurs and patterns. Commercial street was flooded with window shoppers with their valentines and/or families another good reason to wonder around the markets...

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Wait state!!

City market houses many engineering goods sellers and heavy machinery is often delivered from shops to customers, this provides opportunities for these pull cart owners to transport the foods from market to work sites. While they wait to get the call from the nearby shops they group together and relax...

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Grocers galore…

Traditionally every Indian family is attached to a grocer, the relationship and trust of quality and creditworthiness is passes generation to generation. The grocery stores are always fully loaded with household groceries and are a good reflection of what is consumed locally…

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Ticket..


No parking, said the sign, few noticed and few didn’t.

The RTO on job is noting vehicle numbers which then would be sent to main office where challans would be made from computerized vehicle database and mailed to the residence of these car owners. City surely needs a lot of law enforcement for sure…

Monday, February 11, 2008

We love Bengaluru, not Galeejuru (dirty city)

Feb 10th 2008 was a different Sunday outing for about 100 students in the city. They took to the streets holding placards with a unique message - requesting motorists to be patient.


Tomorrow's road users set an example on what individuals can do to improve traffic. The walk was organized by LeadCap, whose founder Sangeeth Vergheese announced that more such efforts will be taken up.

The walk started at Gandhi statue on MG Road and concluded at Richmond Town. Students of Baldwin, Bishop Cotton, Sacred Heart and Cathedral schools came out with creative messages. They shouted slogans like: "We love Bengaluru, not Galeejuru (dirty city)" and "Let's stop pointing fingers at others” in supporting the theme of the walk, Traffic discipline. More Photo’s here

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Bagging Business…

Another good example of making money by getting creative and provide innovative solutions for immediate needs of customers. These bag sellers outside city market know people would buy lot of wholesale goods from the market and may need bags to carry them back home.
Using recycled materials from used gunny bags and nylon packaging materials these strong bags are manufactured locally and sold at an affordable price point making most of the available resources….

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Seasonal Discounts..

Though city witness many discounts from various brands and businesses year around, this month is no exception. Khadi Bhavan, the venture keeping the spirit of mahatma and cotton in Gandhi nagar display lures the customers. Many of customers eagerly wait for this to get good bargains….

Friday, February 08, 2008

Regional news feed…

While the city houses multiple cultural and linguistic diversities, this photo I guess is symbolic to the needs of the readers for local news…

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Tasty ‘Khara’…

Munching fried items and varieties ( known locally as “Khara”) is a favorite snacking game for many, the range in which the varieties is mind boggling along mouth watering. Here are few snacks ( don’t ask me names!!, I don’t know many) sold by a street vendor in Avenue Road…

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Picket Fences....

City continues to amuse me when while wondering across markets I come across few strange shops like this one, the shop dedicated to ‘fencing’. The city market area has so much treasures one can find on items for sale and varieties it offers along the great bargains.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Still selling...

The new year 2008 is one month old yet this newspaper stall keeps the calenders on display for few late comers. The calenders show regional creativity with various idols besides being colorful...

Monday, February 04, 2008

Basketfull ...

She sits near the stairway of an ancient building in ancient avenue road with a hope to sell all the colurful oranges. The local wholesale maket must have received major quantities of oranges which are then seen distrubuted with small time players such as her distributing them for retail sale... life goes by the empty baskets returning to be filled again!!

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Summertime Skylines

Sunsets on the city skyline, the weather is warm and ready for the summer times ahead. City has witnesses rise in the summer time temparatures in recent times, many feel this summer too would redefine mercury rising....

Saturday, February 02, 2008

One for the Road…

Who says auto’s are to only to ferry people, the early morning on weekends they become the private carriers of hotels and small shops who carry loads of goodies from wholesale markets making a quick buck to average the weekly gains….

Friday, February 01, 2008

Tools Cart !!

S P Road, the famous electronics market of the city has some unique carts selling tools. These tools that are required for any technician are displayed from various local or international brands sold at an affordable bargain point reached by buyer and the seller…